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"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
--Winston Churchill

What is #GivingTuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. We invite you to join us this Tuesday, December 1, 2015, to kick start the movement and to help get out the give.

Heritage Sonoran Wheat - History, Growing, Harvesting

(Header image courtesy janeandd, Flickr)

Article by Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Education Coordinator, published November 14, 2015.

In the lyrics of America the Beautiful, the line “amber waves of grain” does not necessarily conjure up the image of farmland in the desert Southwest. However, if you were looking out onto the farming landscapes of our region 100 years ago that is exactly what you would have seen. Arizona, southern California, and the Mexican state of Sonora were one of the breadbaskets of America. Not only did wheat contribute to quintessential Sonoran cuisine – such as the large, oversized flour tortilla – wheat was a major cash crop and Southwestern grown wheat was exported throughout much of the country, particularly during the Civil War.

Purslane: Is It a Weed or a Treat?

by Chad Borseth, NS/S Assistant Retail Manager, Published August 19, 2015.

With the monsoon rains rolling across the Sonoran desert, the weeds are growing like, well, weeds. But not all are unwanted guests that suddenly occupy your garden. I personally like to consider them "no effort" annual food crops. They are abundant and resilient plants, and some of them, like Purslane, are edible treats.

A Short History of Panic Grass

by Barney T. Burns, PhD, Co-founder of Native Seeds/SEARCH

Panic grass, or panicum sonorum, was domesticated in either Arizona or Sonora sometime during the prehistoric period. Evidence of panic grass being grown by the Hohokam Indians has been found in several archaeological excavations in Arizona.

Benne: From Africa to Southwestern Kitchens and Gardens

By Melissa Kruse-Peeples, NS/S Education Coordinator.

Agriculture in the American southwest is a mix of regionally domesticated varieties, from tepary beans that have been cultivated here for several thousand years to watermelons or wheat which were introduced from other areas but have been grown here for a few hundred years. These later introductions are now central to our regional food heritage. A more recent introduction, sesame, also has the potential to be a part of our regional agricultural traditions.

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